Booking Ahead: April 2018

Booking Ahead is a feature on Pages and Tea where I glance through my never-ending TBR list/pile and select a few potential reads for the coming month. If I’m not reading books I love talking about books I’d like to read, so this post is a perfect excuse to do just that.

Welcome to another wander through my endless TBR pile. I seem to be on something of a mystery/crime/detective fiction spree at the moment. It all started when I watched the new Murder on the Orient Express movie and it’s spilled over into my reading as well. I don’t generally read much in these genres, so it’s a bit of a change. Hopefully I’ll still be able to squeeze in something a little magical too. Here are a few of the books I hope to read over the coming month…

New Books

Force of Nature by Jane Harper – I read The Dry last year and enjoyed it, so am looking forward to the latest offering from this author.
Five women go out into the wilderness, but only four come back, each with a different version of events.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This book is making a return appearance on Booking Ahead as I hoped to read it in March but somehow became sidetracked with other things. It’s a murder mystery with a twist as one of the characters relives the time leading up to the murder over and over from the point of view of other guests at a party until he can solve the murder.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower – Another repeat appearance; hopefully April will be the month that sees it read.
The story sounds a little magical – a captain has apparently sold a ship for what appears to be a mermaid. Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

Books from the Backlist

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – I saw the new movie recently and it left me wanting to read the book. I think I read somewhere that the ending is different, but I’ve avoided spoilers for the book ending so have no idea yet what the difference is. This will be the first Poirot book I’ve read, so I might end up trying more if I enjoy it.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This book has caught my eye a few times before but or some reason I’ve never actually picked it up. I saw the new movie trailer recently and it looks really good, so I want to try and find time to read this before I see the movie.

So concludes my monthly meander through my huge pile of potential reads. I may have been overly optimistic here, but you know how it is sometimes… So many books, and you want to be reading them all right now. I’m sure some of these will make a return appearance next month!

What are you hoping to read this month? Have you read of my picks, and if so what did you think?
See you again next month for another Booking Ahead.

11 thoughts on “Booking Ahead: April 2018

    • pagesandtea says:

      I know! I had NO idea that was going to be the outcome at all. I’m glad I managed to avoid spoilers before I saw the movie 🙂 I’d probably watch it again now I know, just to see if I missed anything first time around.


  1. whatcathyreadnext says:

    I won Force of Nature in a giveaway but have got round to reading it yet. I loved The Mermaid and Mrs.Hancock when I read it recently and if memory serves I believe the rights may have been bought for a TV/film adaptation.


    • pagesandtea says:

      I’ve just started it and what I’ve read so far has been good. I think I’ll probably read The Mermaid next, and for once I’ll have read the book before I see any movie/tv version, which makes a change 😀

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  2. Kristilyn says:

    Murder on the Orient Express is so good! It was my first Agatha Christie book – I had gotten it because I wanted to see the movie, but I still haven’t seen the movie. lol. I loved Ready Player One when I read it years ago – though I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Wil Wheaton. He does a great job! Happy reading. 🙂


    • pagesandtea says:

      I really enjoyed both the book and the new movie of Orient Express 🙂
      Have just started Ready Player One but haven’t really read enough yet to know whether I’m going to enjoy it.


    • pagesandtea says:

      I ended up really enjoying it.
      Do you have any recommendations for the best Poirot books? I called at the library yesterday but they had SO many I didn’t know where to begin 😀 I’ve got Death on the Nile on my TBR pile.
      Will check out your book/movie post because I really liked the movie too.


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